What is Innovation Lab?

The GHS Innovation Lab is a flexible and personalized learning environment devoted to fostering creativity, curiosity, and purpose. Teachers blend core disciplines in a project-based approach, allowing students to explore their interests and harness their innovative potential. Students are encouraged to discover their passions and are supported as they make an impact in the community at large.

Above: student vlog from STEM class.

Innovation Lab is currently running with sophomores and juniors (2016-2017 school year). Students who wish to join for 2017-2018 can visit the website’s application page to learn how to apply. Students must receive parent permission to join the program.

Innovation Lab replaces a student’s English, Social Studies, Math, and Science courses. Innovation Lab subjects are organized into two areas: STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) and the Humanities (Arts, English, Social Studies). The sophomore year five credit program includes English 212/213, US History 212/213, Algebra 2 A/B/Honors, Environmental Science (Honors Option available), and a Design Studio 10 elective which falls under the Computer Arts. The junior year program includes American and Modern World Literature, Civics and another Socials Studies elective, Precalculus 1/2/Honors or calculus, and Practical Physics/Physics/Honors Physics, and a Design Studio 11 elective which falls under the Computer Arts.

Students’ courses are planned and taught together by a team of teachers and include overarching essential questions (for example, How can one new idea change everything?) to which projects are tied. Innovation Lab projects are real-world in the sense that they must serve a purpose outside of Greenwich High School. For the STEM Air, Soil, and Water Project students answered a question related to air, soil, and water quality in Greenwich, while for the STEM Battery Power project they designed and built devices that harness sustainable electric power to meet a personal or societal need.  For the Humanities Humanities Modernism Project students examined major paradigm shifts in History and culture.  Innovation Lab projects are designed to allow personalization: we know that human beings are most excited to learn when they have a personal connection to and an investment in what they’re learning.

alliancelogo2Generous Reaching Out Grants from the Greenwich Alliance for Education have supported initial research and development and ongoing professional development, as well as the purchased materials, supplies and equipment for our Makerspace and STEM classroom.

In general, the Greenwich Alliance for Education “mobilizes community resources to provide opportunities and services that foster educational success for all Greenwich Public School students.”

Greenwich Leadership Partners provides ongoing strategic guidance to the entire Innovation Lab team.

One Response to What is Innovation Lab?

  1. glichtman says:

    Congratulations on setting up this great program; if there is any way I can help, let me know! Am always happy to Skype in to talk to students about areas of mutual interest. My books and areas of work are at http://www.grantlichtman.com

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